Category Archives: getting published

Writing to Market- What Does it Mean?

Should a novelist write to market? Should they avoid writing to market like the plague? Should they write to trend or to tropes? What does it all mean? Take heart, gentle reader, I will do my level best to tell … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Why Your Query Letter is Important

Many times I have read rants and stories regarding writing query letters to agents about one’s novel. Inevitably there are some folks who cannot believe one business letter is worth the agony, frustration, and hard work that authors put into … Continue reading

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Formatting is a Pain in the Patootie

I spent three days last week formatting manuscripts for paperback and for Kindle. Formatting is something I’ve taught myself and it does not come naturally to me, though it is getting easier. I simply can’t see spending money to pay … Continue reading

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What Publishers Want

My Kindle Scout Campaign has got me thinking about this again. I covered it a bit back in my posts on writing query letters, but it’s back on my mind. I’ve been very active on the KBoards forum during my … Continue reading

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Kindle Scout Campaign! What the hell was I thinking?

I recently found out about Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. For some reason I thought it was a great idea. I have a romance/ action/adventure novel that I wasn’t certain what to do with, and KS looked like a great thing … Continue reading

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Elevator Pitch Blues

Being able to describe your novel in one sentence is a useful skill. It is called an “Elevator Pitch” because the idea is one could speak to an agent or publisher while riding an elevator and quickly tell them what one’s book is about.
Note to readers: Never actually do that! Agents spend a lot of time slogging through slush piles, they do not want you pitching your project in an elevator, a restroom, or other non-professional space. They just want to pee in peace. Really. Continue reading

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Querying Agents. (or: Welcome to Hell)

I’ve written several posts about writing query letters.  Now I’m in the middle of querying my paranormal romance, Wyrd House, and I think it’s time for another post about the hope, the dedication, the ocean of possibilities, and massive tides … Continue reading

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Rejection

Rejection.  What a grim and depressing idea.  The word itself seems cold and desolate.  Whether you are an actor auditioning for a favorite role, or a single guy with a crush on the woman in the next cubical, no one … Continue reading

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When it rains it pours

Ok, I know I just posted, but I’m still amazed, so I want to share more fully with you what happened today. The past few weeks, I’ve spent some time rewriting my first chapter of Ghost in the Park. I’ve … Continue reading

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Das Krakenhaus Publishing looking for short stories

Das Krakenhaus Publishing is still on the lookout for short stories under 12k words in the genres of scientific romanticism (such as H. G. Wells and Jules Verne) and Steampunk. I believe they pay only a small stipend, but if … Continue reading

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